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CST Majors: The Annual Pizza & Puzzles Party Is Back April 20!

Celebrating Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month


By Laura Wagner

Photo by Sydney Troxell pizza slice on a white plateUHD’s College of Sciences & Technology (CST) and Department of Mathematics & Statistics will bring back the Annual Pizza & Puzzles Party Thursday, April 20, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Academic Building Room A627. 

All CST majors are invited for pizza, puzzles, games, and networking with CST faculty and staff!

The event is held in April to celebrate Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month (MSAM), which launched in 1986 as Mathematics Awareness Week, courtesy of a Presidential Proclamation by Ronald Reagan. The week officially stretched into a month in 1999. In 2017, Statistics was added to acknowledge the essential role of that field in modern society. 

According to the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM), which sponsors MSAM, the goal is “to increase the visibility of mathematics and statistics as fields of study and communicate the power and intrigue in mathematics and statistics to a larger audience.” 

double rubik's cubeWhat better way to celebrate this momentous month than with food, fun, and games with your favorite math and science colleagues and friends? Do you have a challenging puzzle or game you want to share with fellow CST puzzlers? Bring it! 

Pizza and beverages are courtesy of CST and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. For more information, email Dr. Timothy Redl at redlt@uhd.edu or call 713-226-5224.

MSAM is a program of the JPBM—a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. To learn more, visit their website.


Photo credit: Pizza: Sydney Troxell/iStock; Rubik's Cube: Puzzle Master Inc.

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